SD Sykes lives in Kent with her family and a bunch of needy animals. She has done everything from professional dog-walking to co-founding her own business. She has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam and attended the novel writing course at Curtis Brown Creative where she was inspired to finish her first novel. She has also written for radio and has developed screenplays with Arts Council funding. She has a passion for history, particularly the more gruesome and macabre side of medieval life.